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Sony DCR-TRV140E Operating Instructions Manual

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Digital
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Operating Instructions

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
ИНСТРУКЦИЯ ПО ЭКСПЛУАТАЦИИ
Перед эксплуатацией аппарата внимательно прочтите,
пожалуйста, данное руководство и сохраняйте его для
дальнейших справок.
DCR-TRV140E
©2002 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    Video Camera Recorder Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. ИНСТРУКЦИЯ ПО ЭКСПЛУАТАЦИИ Перед эксплуатацией аппарата внимательно прочтите, пожалуйста, данное руководство и сохраняйте его для дальнейших справок. DCR-TRV140E ©2002 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 English Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use.
  • Page 3: Main Features

    English Main Features Taking moving or still images, and playing them back •Recording a picture (p. 25) •Recording a still image on a tape (p. 45) •Playing back a tape (p. 37) Capturing images on your computer •Viewing images recorded on a tape (p. 109) •Viewing images live from your camcorder (p.
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  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    English Table of contents Main Features ... 3 Checking supplied accessories ... 7 Quick Start Guide ... 8 Getting started Using this manual ... 12 Step 1 Preparing the power supply ... 14 Installing the battery pack ... 14 Charging the battery pack ... 15 Connecting to the wall socket ...
  • Page 7: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 167) 2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor (1), Mains lead (1) (p. 15) 3 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 14, 15) 4 R6 (Size AA) battery for Remote Commander (2) (p.
  • Page 8: Quick Start Guide

    English Quick Start Guide Connecting the mains lead Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 14). Inserting a cassette Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press Z EJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder.
  • Page 9 Recording a picture Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel while pressing OPEN. Viewfinder The picture appears When the LCD panel is closed, use the viewfinder placing your on the LCD screen. eye against its eyecup. The picture in the viewfinder is black and white. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight.
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  • Page 12: Getting Started

    — Getting started — Using this manual As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on your camcorder are shown in capital letters. e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. When you carry out an operation, you can hear a beep sound to indicate that the operation is being carried out.
  • Page 13: Precautions On Camcorder Care

    Using this manual Precautions on camcorder care Lens and LCD screen/finder (on mounted models only) •The LCD screen and the finder are manufactured using extremely high- precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in colour) that constantly appear on the LCD screen and the finder.
  • Page 14: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Slide the battery pack down until it clicks. To remove the battery pack Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing V BATT down. V BATT release lever /...
  • Page 15: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it for your camcorder. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). See page 149 for details of the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v...
  • Page 16 Step 1 Preparing the power supply When the remaining battery indicator changes to , normal charge is completed. To fully charge the battery (full charge), leave the battery pack attached for about one hour after normal charge is completed until “FULL” appears in the display window.
  • Page 17 Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging time/ Battery pack/ NP-FM30 (supplied)/ NP-FM50 NP-FM70 NP-QM71 NP-FM90 NP-FM91/QM91 Approximate number of minutes to charge an empty battery pack at 25°C (77°F) Recording time/ Battery pack/ NP-FM30 (supplied) NP-FM50 NP-FM70 NP-QM71 NP-FM90 NP-FM91/QM91 Approximate number of minutes when you use a fully charged battery pack...
  • Page 18 This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Playing time on LCD screen/ mark.
  • Page 19: Connecting To The Wall Socket

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Connecting to the wall socket When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from the wall socket using the AC power adaptor. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover, and connect the AC power adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder with the plug’s v mark facing up.
  • Page 20 Using a car battery Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional). Refer to the operating instructions of the DC Adaptor/ Charger for further information.
  • Page 21: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2 Setting the date and time Set the date and time settings when you use your camcorder for the first time. “CLOCK SET” will be displayed each time when you set the power switch to CAMERA unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about 6 months, the date and time settings may be released (bars may appear) because the built-in...
  • Page 22: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2 Setting the date and time The year changes as follows: 1995 2002 2079 Note on the time indicator The internal clock of your camcorder operates on a 24-hour cycle.
  • Page 23: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette We recommend using Hi8 cassettes. (1) Prepare the power supply (p. 14). (2) Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press Z EJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. (3) Insert a cassette into the cassette compartment with its window facing out and the write- protect tab on the cassette up.
  • Page 24 Step 3 Inserting a cassette Notes •Do not press the cassette compartment down. Doing so may cause a malfunction. •Your camcorder records pictures in the Digital8 system. • The recording time when you use your camcorder is half of the indicated time on Hi8 /Digital8 tape.
  • Page 25: Recording - Basics

    — Recording – Basics — Recording a picture Your camcorder automatically focuses for you. (1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and attach the lens cap to the grip strap. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1”...
  • Page 26 Recording a picture Notes •Fasten the grip strap firmly. •Do not touch the built-in microphone during recording. Note on Recording mode Your camcorder records and plays back in the SP (standard play) mode and in the LP (long play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings (p.
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture Adjusting the LCD screen The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lens side. If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces the other way, the indicator appears on the screen (Mirror mode).
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen (1) In CAMERA mode, select LCD BRIGHT in in the menu settings (p. 122). (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. LCD screen backlight You can adjust the brightness of the backlight.
  • Page 29: Using The Zoom Feature

    Recording a picture Using the zoom feature Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W”...
  • Page 30: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    Recording a picture Notes on digital zoom •Digital zoom starts to function when zoom exceeds 20 . •The picture quality deteriorates as you go toward the “T” side. When you shoot close to a subject If you cannot get a sharp focus, move the power zoom lever to the “W”...
  • Page 31 Recording a picture Indicators displayed in the recording mode The indicators are not recorded on tape. [a]: Remaining battery time indicator [b]: Format indicator [c]: Recording mode indicator/ Mirror mode indicator [d]: STBY/REC indicator [e]: Time code indicator/ Tape photo recording indicator [f]: Remaining tape indicator This appears after you start to record for a while.
  • Page 32 Recording a picture Remaining battery time indicator The remaining battery time indicator indicates the approximate recording time. The indicator may not be correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording. When you close the LCD panel and open it again, it takes about 1 minute for the correct remaining battery time in minutes to be displayed.
  • Page 33: Shooting Backlit Subjects - Back Light

    Recording a picture Shooting backlit subjects – BACK LIGHT When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight function. Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode. The . indicator appears on the screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
  • Page 34: Shooting In The Dark - Nightshot/super Nightshot/colour Slow Shutter

    Recording a picture Shooting in the dark – NightShot/Super NightShot/ Colour Slow Shutter The NightShot function enables you to shoot a subject in a dark place. For example, you can satisfactorily record the environment of nocturnal animals for observation when you use this function.
  • Page 35 Recording a picture Using the NightShot Light The picture will be clearer with the NightShot Light on. To enable the NightShot Light, set N.S.LIGHT to ON in the menu settings (p. 121). Notes •Do not use the NightShot function in bright places (ex.
  • Page 36: Checking The Recording - End Search

    Checking the recording – END SEARCH You can use this button to record a picture from the last recorded scene successively. You can go to the end of the recorded section. Press END SEARCH in CAMERA mode. The last 5 seconds of the recorded section are played back and returns to the standby mode.
  • Page 37: Playback - Basics

    — Playback – Basics — Playing back a tape You cannot playback tapes recorded in the Hi8 /Standard 8 mm (analogue) system. Your camcorder plays back pictures only in the Digital 8 system. You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen.
  • Page 38 Playing back a tape When monitoring on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out [a]. You can adjust the angle of the LCD panel by lifting the LCD panel up by 7 degrees [b].
  • Page 39 Playing back a tape Using the data code function Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code). Press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander in the playback mode. The display changes as follows: date/time t various settings (SteadyShot, exposure AUTO/MANUAL, white balance, gain,...
  • Page 40 Playing back a tape Recording data Recording data is your camcorder’s information when you have recorded. In the recording mode, the recording data will not be displayed. When you use data code function, bars (-- -- ---- and --:--:--) appear if: –...
  • Page 41: Various Playback Modes

    Playing back a tape Various playback modes To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR. To view a still image (playback pause) Press X during playback. To resume playback, press X or N. To advance the tape Press M in the stop mode.
  • Page 42 Playing back a tape To view the picture at double speed Press 2 on the Remote Commander during playback. For double speed playback in the reverse direction, press Remote Commander. To resume normal playback, press N. To view the picture frame-by-frame Press C on the Remote Commander in the playback pause mode.
  • Page 43: Viewing The Recording On Tv

    Viewing the recording on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the playback control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD screen.
  • Page 44 Viewing the recording on TV If your TV is already connected to a VCR Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR by using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. If your TV is a monaural type Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the white or the...
  • Page 45: Advanced Recording Operations

    — Advanced Recording Operations — Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording You can record a still image like a photograph. This mode is useful when you want to record an image such as a photograph. You can record about 510 images in the SP mode and about 765 images in the LP mode on a tape which can record for 60 minutes in the SP mode.
  • Page 46 Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording Notes •During the tape photo recording, you cannot change the mode or setting. •PHOTO button does not work: – while the digital effect function is set or in use. –...
  • Page 47: Using The Wide Mode

    Using the wide mode You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE). Black bands appear on the screen during recording in 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The pictures during playing back on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c] are compressed in the widthwise direction.
  • Page 48 Using the wide mode In the wide mode, you cannot select the following functions: – Old movie – Bounce During recording You cannot select or cancel the wide mode. When you cancel the wide mode, set your camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
  • Page 49: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade in or out to give your recording a professional appearance. FADER M.FADER (mosaic)/ BOUNCE* OVERLAP* WIPE* DOT* (random dot)/ MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to colour. When fading out, the picture gradually changes from colour to black-and-white.
  • Page 50 Using the fader function (1) When fading in [a] In the standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. When fading out [b] In the recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. The indicator changes as follows: FADER t M.FADER t BOUNCE* t MONOTONE no indicator T DOT* T WIPE* T OVERLAP* The last selected fader mode is indicated first...
  • Page 51 Using the fader function Note You cannot use the following functions while using the fader function. Also, you cannot use the fader function while using the following functions: – Digital effect – Super NightShot – Colour Slow Shutter – Tape photo recording Before operating the overlap, wipe or dot function Your camcorder stores the image on the tape.
  • Page 52: Using Special Effects - Picture Effect

    Using special effects – Picture effect You can digitally process pictures to obtain special effects like those in films or on the TV. NEG.ART [a] : The colour and brightness of the image are reversed. SEPIA : The picture is sepia. B&W : The picture is monochrome (black-and-white).
  • Page 53 Using special effects – Picture effect (1) In CAMERA mode, select P EFFECT in the menu settings. (p. 121) (2) Select the desired picture effect mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To cancel the picture effect function Set P EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
  • Page 54: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Using special effects – Digital effect You can add special effects to recorded images using the various digital functions. The sound is recorded normally. STILL You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving image. FLASH (FLASH MOTION) You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
  • Page 55 Using special effects – Digital effect (1) In CAMERA mode, select D EFFECT in the menu settings (p. 121). (2) Select the desired digital effect mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The indicator lights up and the bars appear.
  • Page 56 Using special effects – Digital effect To cancel the digital effect function Set D EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings. Notes •The following functions do not work during digital effect function: – Fader – Tape photo recording – Super NightShot –...
  • Page 57: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) mode to suit your specific shooting requirements. SPOTLIGHT (Spotlight) This mode prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light in the theatre. PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) This mode brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as people or...
  • Page 58 Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) In CAMERA mode, select PROGRAM AE in in the menu settings (p. 121). (2) Select the desired PROGRAM AE mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To cancel the PROGRAM AE function Set PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menu settings.
  • Page 59 Using the PROGRAM AE function Notes •In the spotlight, sports lesson and beach & ski modes, you cannot take close-ups. This is because your camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. •In the sunset & moon and landscape modes, your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects.
  • Page 60: Adjusting The Exposure Manually

    Adjusting the exposure manually You can manually adjust and set the exposure. Adjust the exposure manually in the following cases: – The subject is backlit – Bright subject and dark background – To record dark pictures (e.g. night scenes) faithfully (1) In CAMERA mode, press EXPOSURE .
  • Page 61: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases: •The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting: – subjects through glass coated with water droplets. – horizontal stripe. – subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky.
  • Page 62 Focusing manually To focus precisely Adjust the zoom by first focusing at the “T” (telephoto) position and then shooting at the “W” (wide-angle) position. This makes focusing easier. When you shoot close to the subject Focus at the end of the “W” (wide-angle) position.
  • Page 63: Interval Recording

    Interval recording You can make a time-lapse recording by setting the camcorder to automatically record and standby sequentially. You can achieve an excellent recording for flowering, emergence, etc., with this function. [a]: Recording time [b]: Waiting time [c]: Interval time (1) In CAMERA mode, press MENU to display the menu in the standby mode.
  • Page 64 Interval recording C A M E R A S E T D Z O O M O F F 1 6 : 9 W I D E S T E A D Y S H O T N . S . L I G H T F R A M E R E C I N T .
  • Page 65 Interval recording MENU To cancel the interval recording Set INT. REC to OFF in the menu settings. To stop the interval recording momentarily and perform normal recording Press START/STOP. You can perform normal recording only once. To cancel the normal recording, press START/STOP again.
  • Page 66: Frame By Frame Recording - Cut Recording

    Frame by frame recording – Cut recording You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using cut recording. To create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a cut recording. We recommend that you use a tripod, and operate the camcorder using the Remote Commander after step 6.
  • Page 67 Frame by frame recording – Cut recording To cancel the cut recording Set FRAME REC to OFF in the menu settings. Notes on cut recording •The last recorded cut is longer than other cuts. •The proper remaining tape time is not indicated if you use this function continuously.
  • Page 68: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 70). You can also select the language, colour, size and position of titles. (1) In CAMERA mode, press TITLE to display the title menu. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select then press the dial.
  • Page 69 Superimposing a title To superimpose the title while you are recording Press TITLE while you are recording, and carry out steps 2 to 5. When you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial at step 5, the title is superimposed. To select the language of a preset title If you want to change the language, select before step 2.
  • Page 70: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in your camcorder. Each title can have up to 20 characters. (1) In CAMERA or VCR mode, press TITLE. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select then press the dial.
  • Page 71 Making your own titles To change a title you have stored In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial to delete the title.
  • Page 72: Using The Built-in Light

    Using the built-in light You can use the built-in light to suit your shooting situation. The recommended distance between the subject and camcorder is about 1.5 m (5 feet). Press LIGHT repeatedly, until the indicator appears on the screen while your camcorder is in CAMERA mode.
  • Page 73 Using the built-in light CAUTION Be careful not to touch the lighting section, because the plastic window and surrounding surfaces are hot while the light is on. It remains hot for a while after the light is turned off. DANGER Not to be handled by children.
  • Page 74: Replacing The Bulb

    •When you use the conversion lens (optional), the built-in light is blocked and may not illuminate the subject properly. Replacing the bulb Use the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional). The supplied halogen lamp is not commercially available. Purchase the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp.
  • Page 75 Using the built-in light CAUTION •When replacing the bulb, use only the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional) to reduce the risk of fire. •To prevent possible burn hazard, disconnect the power source before replacing and do not touch the bulb until the bulb becomes cool enough to handle (for about 30 minutes or more).
  • Page 76: Advanced Playback Operations

    Playing back a tape with picture effects During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG.ART, SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE. (1) In the playback or playback pause mode, select P EFFECT in (p. 121). (2) Select the desired mode by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 77: Playing Back A Tape With Digital Effects

    Playing back a tape with digital effects During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL. (1) In the playback, or playback pause mode, select D EFFECT in in the menu settings (p.
  • Page 78 Playing back a tape with digital effects Note You cannot record images that you have processed using the digital effect function with this camcorder. To record images that you have processed using the digital effect function, record the images on the VCR using your camcorder as a player.
  • Page 79: Enlarging Images Recorded On Tapes - Tape Pb Zoom

    Enlarging images recorded on tapes – Tape PB ZOOM You can enlarge moving and still images recorded on tapes. (1) Press PB ZOOM on your camcorder while you are playing back. The image is enlarged, and R r appears on the screen. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to move the enlarged image, then press the dial.
  • Page 80 Enlarging images recorded on tapes – Tape PB ZOOM Note You cannot record pictures that you have processed using the Tape PB ZOOM function with this camcorder. To record pictures that you have processed using the Tape PB ZOOM function, record the pictures on the VCR using your camcorder as a player.
  • Page 81: Quickly Locating A Scene Using The Zero Set Memory Function

    Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function Your camcorder goes forwards or backwards to automatically stop at a desired scene having a counter value of “0:00:00”. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function, for example, to view a desired scene later on during playback.
  • Page 82: Quickly Locating A Scene Using The Zero Set Memory Function

    Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function Notes •When you press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander before rewinding the tape, the zero set memory function is cancelled. •There may be a discrepancy of several seconds from the time code.
  • Page 83: Searching A Recording By Date - Date Search

    Searching a recording by date – Date search You can automatically search for the point where the recording date changes and start playback from that point (Date search). Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function to check where recording dates change or to edit the tape at each recording date.
  • Page 84 Searching a recording by date – Date search To stop searching Press x. Note If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. If a tape has a blank portion in the recorded portions The date search function may not work correctly.
  • Page 85: Searching For A Photo - Photo Search/photo Scan

    Searching for a photo – Photo search/ Photo scan You can search for the still image recorded on tape (photo search). You can also search for still images one after another and display each image for 5 seconds automatically (photo scan). Use the Remote Commander for these operations.
  • Page 86: Scanning Photo

    Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan Scanning photo (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo scan indicator appears. The indicator changes as follows: t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH no indicator T PHOTO SCAN T (3) Press .
  • Page 87: Editing

    — Editing — Dubbing a tape Using the A/V connecting cable Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. You can record and edit a picture with the connected VCR by using your camcorder as a player.
  • Page 88 Dubbing a tape When you have finished dubbing a tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems: 8 mm , Hi8 , VHS , S-VHS VHSC , S-VHSC , Betamax , mini DV , DV...
  • Page 89 Dubbing a tape Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV IN/OUT and to DV IN of the DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
  • Page 90 Dubbing a tape You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). See page 151 for more information about i.LINK. The following functions do not work during digital editing: – Picture effect – Digital effect – Tape PB ZOOM If you record a playback pause picture via the DV IN/OUT jack The recorded picture becomes rough.
  • Page 91: Dubbing Only Desired Scenes - Digital Program Editing

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing You can duplicate selected scenes (programmes) for editing onto a tape without operating the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame. You can set up to 20 programmes. Unwanted scene/ Before operating the Digital program editing function Step 1 Connecting the VCR (p.
  • Page 92 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the A/V connecting cable To edit using the VCR, send the control signal by infrared rays to the remote sensor on the VCR. When you connect using the A/V connecting cable supplied, follow steps (1) to (4) below, to send the control signal correctly.
  • Page 93 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing O T H E R S B E E P COMMA ND E R D I S P L A Y V I D EO E D I T R E T URN [ ME NU ] : E ND V I D EO E D I T MA R K...
  • Page 94 About the IR SETUP code The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code depending on your VCR. The default setting is Code number 3. Brand/ Sony Aiwa Akai Alba Amstrad Baird...
  • Page 95 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (2) Setting the modes to cancel recording pause on the VCR 1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PAUSEMODE, then press the dial. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the mode to cancel recording pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
  • Page 96 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (3) Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other Locate the infrared rays emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor of the VCR. Set the devices about 30 cm (12 in.) apart, and remove any obstacles between the devices.
  • Page 97 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (4) Confirming the VCR operation 1 Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set to recording pause. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR TEST, then press the dial. 3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 98: Dv Connecting Cable

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) When you connect using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional), follow the procedure below. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder .
  • Page 99 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 3: Adjusting the synchronisation of the VCR You can adjust the synchronisation of your camcorder and the VCR. Have a pen and paper ready for notes. Before operation, eject the cassette from your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
  • Page 100: Your Camcorder

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (15) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select RETURN, then press the dial. V I D E O E D I T E D I T S E T CON T RO L A D J T E S T R E T URN ”...
  • Page 101 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Operation 1: Making the programme (1) Insert the tape for playback into your camcorder, and insert a tape for recording into the VCR. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select then press the dial.
  • Page 102 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Erasing the programme you have set Erase OUT first and then IN from the last set programme. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial. The last set programme mark flashes. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 103 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Operation 2: Performing Digital program editing (Dubbing a tape) Make sure that your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording pause. This procedure is not necessary when you use the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable).
  • Page 104: Recording From Video

    Recording from video You can record a tape from a VCR that has DV outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder. Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV IN/OUT and to DV OUT of the DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
  • Page 105 Recording from video When you have finished dubbing a tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). During digital editing The colour of the display may be uneven. However, this does not affect the dubbed picture.
  • Page 106: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr - Insert Editing

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) by specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Connections are the same as in “Recording from video”...
  • Page 107 Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) On the VCR, locate just before the insert start point [a], then press X to set the VCR to the playback pause mode. (3) On your camcorder, locate the insert end point [c] by pressing m or M.
  • Page 108 Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing To change the insert end point Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote commander again after step 5 to erase the ZERO SET MEMORY indicator and begin from step 3. Note The picture and sound recorded on the section between the insert start and end points will be erased when you insert the new scene.
  • Page 109: Pc Connection

    Using the USB Streaming function •Installing the USB driver (p. 111). •Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 115). •Capturing images with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 116). Recommended computer environment Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home...
  • Page 110 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Display: 4 MB VRAM video card, Minimum 800 600 dot High colour (16 bit colour, 65,000 colours), Direct Draw display driver capability (At 800 600 dot or less, 256 colours and less, this product will not operate correctly.) Others: This product is compatible with DirectX...
  • Page 111: Installing The Usb Driver

    Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Installing the USB driver Before connecting your camcorder to your computer, install the USB driver to the computer. The USB driver is contained together with application software for viewing images on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder.
  • Page 112 Set the CD-ROM on the CD-ROM driver then select “Browse...” t “My Computer” t “ImageMixer” t “sonyhcb.sys”, and click the “OK” button. The installation is completed, proceed to Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on page 115. in the menu To the USB cable (supplied)/ (USB) jack/...
  • Page 113 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) If you cannot install the USB driver The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your camcorder before installing the USB driver. Perform the following procedure to correctly install the USB driver.
  • Page 114 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) 5 Select the device underlined in the illustrations below, and delete them. Windows 98 SE Windows 2000 Professional 6 Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), and then disconnect the USB cable. 7 Reboot your computer.
  • Page 115 Ver.1.0 for Sony” Install “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” to your computer. “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” is contained on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder. You can view video images easily on your camcorder, using your computer with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony”.
  • Page 116 (5) Select USB STREAM to ON in settings. (p. 124) (6) Select “Start” t “Program” t “Pixela” t “ImageMixer” t “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on Windows. (7) Click the input mode button in the left side of Start-up screen. To the...
  • Page 117 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) (8) Select (9) Start playing back a tape on your camcorder. The images recorded on a tape appears in the preview window. Viewing images live from your camcorder (1) Follow the procedure (1) - (2) on page 116, and then connect the AC power adaptor to your camcorder and then to a wall outlet.
  • Page 118 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Capturing moving images (1) Select (2) Click at the start point to capture and click at the stop point to capture using the preview window. The captured image appears on the thumbnail list window. Notes •When you view images using your computer with the USB connection, the following...
  • Page 119 “ImageMixer’s Manual” screen. If you have any questions about “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony is a trademark of PIXELA corporation. Refer to the information web site at: “http://www.imagemixer.com”. Notes on using your computer...
  • Page 120: Customizing Your Camcorder

    — Customizing Your Camcorder — Changing the menu settings To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon, then the menu item and then the mode.
  • Page 121: Selecting The Mode Setting Of Each Item

    Changing the menu settings To make the menu display disappear Press MENU. Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET VCR SET LCD/VF SET TAPE SET SETUP MENU OTHERS English Selecting the mode setting of each item Menu items differ according to the position of the POWER switch.
  • Page 122 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode FRAME REC z OFF INT. REC z OFF Notes on the SteadyShot function •The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake. •Attachment of a conversion lens (optional) may influence the SteadyShot function. If you cancel the SteadyShot function The SteadyShot off indicator camera-shake.
  • Page 123 When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur in images or sound. •When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony video cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 124 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode CLOCK SET ––––– USB STREAM z OFF LTR SIZE z NORMAL LANGUAGE z ENGLISH DEMO MODE z ON Notes on DEMO MODE •You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder. •DEMO MODE is set to STBY (Standby) at the factory and the demonstration starts about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a cassette inserted.
  • Page 125 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode WORLD TIME ––––– BEEP z MELODY NORMAL COMMANDER z ON DISPLAY z LCD V-OUT/LCD REC LAMP z ON VIDEO EDIT —— In more than 5 minutes after removing the power source The AUDIO MIX, COMMANDER and HiFi SOUND items are returned to their default settings. The other menu items are held in memory even when the battery is removed.
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  • Page 127 FRAME REC z OFF INT. REC z OFF —— —— CAMERA CAMERA...
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  • Page 129 Изменение установок меню Пиктограмма/пункт Режим CLOCK SET ––––– USB STREAM z OFF LTR SIZE z NORMAL LANGUAGE z ENGLISH [SIMP] [COMP] DEMO MODE z ON Примечания по режиму DEMO MODE Предназначение Переключатель POWER CAMERA CAMERA CAMERA CAMERA CAMERA...
  • Page 130 VIDEO EDIT ——...
  • Page 131: Troubleshooting

    If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorised Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss” appears on the screen, the self-diagnosis display function has worked.
  • Page 132 Rewind the tape. (p. 37) • The video head may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 155) • The stereo tape is played back with HiFi SOUND set to 2 in the menu settings.
  • Page 133 Types of trouble and their solutions In the recording and playback modes Symptom The power does not turn on. The end search function does not work. The end search function does not work correctly. The battery pack discharges quickly. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
  • Page 134 Set the selector correctly, and check the connection between the VCR and your camcorder (p. 91) • The camcorder is connected to DV equipment other than of Sony using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). c Keep the connection, and follow the procedure on page 89.
  • Page 135 • The battery pack is not installed. c Install it properly. (p. 14) • Something is wrong with the battery pack. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorised Sony service facility. • The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 136: Self-diagnosis Display

    Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour to acclimatize. (p. 154) • The video heads are dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 155) • A malfunction other than the above that you can service has occurred.
  • Page 137: Warning Indicators And Messages

    English Warning indicators and messages If indicators and messages appear on the screen, check the following: See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. Warning indicators The battery pack is dead or nearly dead Slow flashing: – The battery pack is nearly dead. (p.
  • Page 138 Warning indicators and messages Warning messages •CLOCK SET •FOR “InfoLITHIUM” BATTERY ONLY •QZ TAPE END* •Q NO TAPE* • CLEANING CASSETTE** •COPY INHIBIT * You hear the melody or beep sound. ** The x indicator and “ screen. Set the date and time. (p. 21) Use an “InfoLITHIUM”...
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  • Page 147: Additional Information

    — Additional Information — About video cassettes What is the “Digital8 This video system has been developed to enable digital recording to Hi8 /Digital8 cassette . Usable cassette tapes We recommend using Hi8 cassette. If you use standard 8 mm tape, be sure to play back the tape on this camcorder.
  • Page 148: When You Play Back A Dual Sound Track Tape

    About video cassettes Copyright signal When you play back Using any other video camera recorder, you cannot record on a tape that has recorded copyright control signals for copyright protection of software which is played back on your camcorder. When you record You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control signals for copyright protection of software.
  • Page 149: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and the AC adaptor/charger (optional). The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes.
  • Page 150 About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack Remaining battery time indicator •If the power goes off although the battery remaining indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again so that the indication on the battery remaining indicator is correct. Note, however, that the correct battery indication sometimes will not be restored if it is used in high temperatures for a long time or left...
  • Page 151: About I.link

    About the Name “i.LINK” i.LINK is a more familiar term for IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by SONY, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardised by the Institute of Electrical and...
  • Page 152 DV jacks, see page 89. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV) compatible equipment made by SONY (e.g. VAIO series computer) other than video equipment. Before connecting this unit to your computer, make sure that application software supported by this unit is already installed on the computer.
  • Page 153: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Your camcorder is a PAL system based camcorder.
  • Page 154: Moisture Condensation

    Maintenance information and precautions Moisture condensation If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly.
  • Page 155: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    If this is the case, they must be replaced with new heads. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorised Sony service facility. Информация по уходу за аппаратом...
  • Page 156 Maintenance information and precautions Charging the built-in rechargeable battery in your camcorder A built-in rechargeable battery is supplied with your camcorder so as to retain the date and time, etc., regardless of the setting of the POWER switch. The rechargeable battery is always charged as long as you are using your camcorder.
  • Page 157 •If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. •Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful with the lens.
  • Page 158 Maintenance information and precautions On handling tapes Do not insert anything into the small holes on the rear of the cassette. These holes are used to sense the type and thickness of the tape and if the recording tab is in or out. Camcorder care •Remove the tape, and periodically turn on the power, operate the CAMERA and VCR sections...
  • Page 159 Maintenance information and precautions AC power adaptor •Unplug the unit from the wall socket when you are not using the unit for a long time. To disconnect the mains lead, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the mains lead itself. •Do not operate the unit with a damaged cord or if the unit has been dropped or damaged.
  • Page 160 •If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. •If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 161: Specifications

    English Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal PAL colour, CCIR standards Recommended cassette Hi8/Digital8 video cassette...
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  • Page 163: Quick Reference

    — Quick Reference — Identifying the parts and controls Camcorder 1 Eyecup 2 Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 30) 3 V BATT release lever (p. 14) USB jack (p. 112) 5 OPEN button (p. 25) 6 SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 21, 120) 7 Power zoom lever (p.
  • Page 164 Identifying the parts and controls qd Video control buttons (p. 37, 41) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback)* M FF (fastforward) X PAUSE (pause) qf LIGHT button (p. 72) qg Microphone qh Infrared rays emitter (p. 34) qj Remote sensor (p.
  • Page 165 Identifying the parts and controls wf VOLUME +*/– buttons (p. 37) wg Speaker wh LCD screen (p. 27) wj EXPOSURE button (p. 60) wk TITLE button (p. 68) wl PB ZOOM button (p. 79) e; DISPLAY button (p. 38) ea END SEARCH button (p. 36) es Viewfinder (p.
  • Page 166 Identifying the parts and controls ej Z EJECT button (p. 23) ek Cassette compartment (p. 23) el Grip strap r; RESET button (p. 134) ra S VIDEO OUT jack (p. 43, 87) rs Built-in light (p. 72) rd A/V OUT jack (p. 43, 87) rf DV IN/OUT jack (p.
  • Page 167: Remote Commander

    Identifying the parts and controls Remote Commander The buttons that share the same name on the Remote Commander and your camcorder function identically. 1 PHOTO button (p. 45) 2 DISPLAY button (p. 38) 3 SEARCH MODE button (p. 83, 85) 4 ./>...
  • Page 168 VTR 2. The commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid unintentional operation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the...
  • Page 169: Operation Indicators

    Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators LCD screen and Viewfinder/ M . F A D E R 1 6 : 9 W I D E SEP I A 1 Recording mode indicator (p. 123)/ Mirror mode indicator (p. 27) 2 Format indicator (p.
  • Page 170 Identifying the parts and controls qf STBY/REC indicator (p. 31)/ Video control mode indicator (p. 41) qg Tape counter indicator (p. 31, 81)/ Time code indicator (p. 31)/ Self-diagnosis display indicator (p. 136)/ Tape photo recording indicator (p. 45) qh Remaining tape indicator (p. 31) qj ZERO SET MEMORY indicator (p.
  • Page 171: Index

    English Index A, B AC power adaptor ... 15 Adjusting viewfinder ... 30 AFM HiFi Sound ... 148 AUDIO MIX ... 122 AUDIO MODE ... 123 A/V connecting cable ... 43, 87 BACK LIGHT ... 33 Battery pack ... 14 BEEP ...
  • Page 176 Printed on recycled paper. Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Oтпeчaтaно нa бyмaгe из втоpичного cыpья. Haпeчaтaно с использованием печaтной крaски нa основе рaстительного масла беэ примесей ЛOC (летучих оргaнических соединений). Sony Corporation Printed in Japan *307231912*...

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